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Fri, Mar. 25th, 2005, 10:45 pm

Why is it that I'm always left out of the big communal digital experiences? First, I tried to play WoW. But... my video card just wasn't good enough.

Me: "I will never be a cow." *tear* *wave crashes on the barren shores*

Now, I tried to play Second Life. But... my video card... turned out to be intergrated. Oh, and not good enough.

Sam Calliope: "I may never exist." *tear* *wave crashes on the barren shores of Limbo*

So, now I'm going to be getting a better graphics card. The upgrade may be impossible, because my computer may not have the PCI slots for it. Hey, it's worth a shot! I don't give up that easily~.

Sat, Mar. 26th, 2005 08:47 am (UTC)

Try Nox! :D

Sat, Mar. 26th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
cgranade: Wait a moment...

Before doing anything drastic, let's open up that system of yours and see how many slots there really are. There may be an AGP slot after all...

Sat, Mar. 26th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
masstreble: Yup.

makzu seems to have the same idea. The status quo is to look at what my computer has and then make the decisions.

Sat, Mar. 26th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)

If you ever need any help picking one out, you can ask me. I kno a lot about this crazy stuff... :B

Oh, and get an AGP card if you have the slot for it, PCI video cards are usually pretty junky. And I'm inclined to recommend nVidia as a manufacturer, for various open source related reasons.

Sat, Mar. 26th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
masstreble: Video cards.

That's what most online sources seem to be indicating to me, including WoW and Second Life themselves. I'm going to borrow a screw driver from a friend tonight and see what I can do. (The brown slots are generally AGP, right? I can't remember, and I talked about it over brunch!)

I also know to avoid any cheap "MX" cards, because those are crap not what I would want under the circumstances..

Sun, Mar. 27th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
makzu: Re: Video cards.

Yeah, they are brown. And there'll only be one of them, ever. Also, it will be the one farthest towards the center of the motherboard.

Any nVidia card whose four-digit number starts with a 6 (like 6800, 6600, 6200) is a sure thing to be good. If the four-digit number starts with a 5, they're usually not very good. Worse than the 4s.

(The reason I suggest nVidia is because if by some biarre set of circumstances you start running Linux [or other, even more obscure stuff like BSD or Hurd] on your computer, the driver support for ATi cards absolutely sucks. Nvidia's drivers for open source OSs are much better.)

Mon, Mar. 28th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)

Ah yes. I have the same problem. Integrated graphics, no AGP slot. ;______;

I'm canvassing costs for RAM upgrades and a PCI gfx card myself. :D Hope it doesn't cost too much. And we need lots of computers at the office, so if ever I get a new one for home, I can use the one I have at the office place.

Mon, Mar. 28th, 2005 09:13 am (UTC)

If you manage it...

Look up Alfador Stonebender.

Tue, Mar. 29th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)

My card likes WoW (no user-side lag on my part) but HATES Second Life. I don't GET THAT :P

...what is the pull of Second Life? I have a character, and payed the $10 to have an avatar, but honestly, what is the point?

Tue, Mar. 29th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
masstreble: Cyber sex. *Nods* [joking]

Well, what's the point of a MUCK? Heck, what's the point of the Internet?